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Certificate of Customs Competency

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 ​​​​Free Grant Scheme of 100% course costs has been extended by HMRC. Applications can be made up to 31 January 2021 or until funds are fully allocated.  Don't miss out! Click here to apply today 

​​​Our Certificate of Customs Competency course is Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and includes one year's e-membership of the Institute.  CILT will issue the Certificate at the end of the course.   

The programme is taught by an experienced industry professional from a pragmatic and practical view point and is designed to meet the requirements of the EU Customs Competency Framework for the Private Sector.   It aims to give delegates the knowledge and tools needed to fulfil a commercial customs and/or Global Trade Compliance role in any international supply chain efficiently and effectively, making full use of the available customs processes and procedures to obtain the best outcomes for their organisation and customers. 

Uniquely the emphasis is placed on understanding requirements and options, being able to assess whether or not they apply to a given situation and what benefits and drawbacks the use of the different options will produce.  

This allows delegates to use their knowledge in any environment or business sector and in conjunction with any computer system used by their organisation or customers.


This exciting, industry leading customs training course sets the standard for professional competence in commercial operational customs compliance.  This is important as under the EU Union Customs Code (UCC) and UK post Brexit legislation a company’s access to customs simplifications, priority treatment and reduced cost will be based on external risk assessment.

Successful delegates will be able to prove to employers that they have the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in this field without placing their organisations at risk.

Companies having achieved or seeking to achieve AEO(C) or AEO(F) status will be able to demonstrate that their employees engaged in customs work have the level of knowledge expected by the Standard.

This vocational course is designed with business in mind, covering the full range of essential customs knowledge in a concise and targeted manner, keeping time away from the workplace to a minimum.

Delegates are assessed on their knowledge and their ability to apply that knowledge in business situations rather than on their capability to write lengthy essays or memorise legislation.    

The course is kept fully up to date with changes to legislation and the impact of Brexit.
Course Content:

Customs in Action, Practical Compliance:

  • The Control Environment
  • Controls, Audits, Appeals, Tribunals, Penalties, Record Keeping
  • European Union – Intrastats, Export Sales Lists, VAT Return, Place of Supply Rules
  • Third countries – import duty, taxes, duty deferment accounts, guarantees, C79
  • Triangulation, Chain Transactions, Drop Shipping
  • Incoterms®2020
  • Reading and checking a customs entry
  • Customs Procedure Codes (CPC Codes)
  • Authorised Economic Operator (AEO)

Customs Tariff Classification:                                     

  • The straightforward ‘how to’ guide
  • The Global Harmonised System (HS)
  • Selecting the correct tariff code
  • General Rules of Interpretation and their application
  • Harmonised System Explanatory Notes (HSENs) etc.

Customs Valuation:                                                       

  • Rules for Import & Export
  • The impact of valuation 
  • How to arrive at the correct valuation for the most common shipment types
  • Sales, Repairs, Loans, Gifts, Free of Charge shipments etc.
  • Methods of Valuation and their application
  • How to calculate Import duty and VAT
  • First / Earlier / Prior Sale process
  • How to prepare export invoices to facilitate trade

Origin & Preference:                                                    

  • The impact of origin and preference
  • Calculating Origin
  • Non preferential and Preferential Origin Rules
  • Gaining the benefits
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • EU Registered Exporters Scheme (REX)
  • Managing the paperwork - EUR1 forms, GSP Form A, Certificates of Origin etc.
  • Invoice declarations

Specialist Customs Procedures / Assessment:         

  • Paying the ‘right’ amount of import duty            
  • Avoiding expensive pitfalls
  • Picking the best procedure
  • Cost / Benefit analysis
  • Opportunities for benefit
  • Scope and use of Special Procedures
  • Application process
  • Authorisations
  • Guarantees
  • Inward Processing Relief (IP)
  • Outward Processing Relief (OP)
  • Temporary Admission (TA)
  • End Use
  • Customs Warehousing
  • Free Zones / Free Ports
  • Returned Goods Relief (RGR)
  • ATA Carnets
  • Merchandise in Baggage


A multi-choice assessment will be undertaken at the end of the final day

Candidates must attend all five days of the programme and attain the pass mark in the assessment to be awarded the Certificate of Customs Competency.  Candidates who do not attain the pass mark will receive a certificate of attendance. 

The programme is suitable for those involved in the use of customs procedures at an operational and/or supervisory/management level.  It is equally applicable to exporters, importers, traders, customs brokers, freight agents, hauliers, warehouse keepers etc. of any size from SME to global corporations.

Currently the programme is offered as public sessions in London and Manchester, other locations may become available so if you would like to take the Certificate course elsewhere please do get in touch.  

It can also be provided as cost effective in-house training on different dates, in different locations depending on delegate numbers (Prices on application).

To allow flexibility for business need, delegates may choose to attend days from a mix of the public sessions (prior notice is required) but it is recommended that where possible delegates attend the courses in the order shown and in a single session. Where delegates mix courses from different sessions all courses should be booked at the same time.  All courses need to be completed within 12 months. If a delegate has already completed any of the required sessions as a one day course within the previous 12 months the same course does not need to be completed again unless there has been a significant change to the topic.

Course Fee: 
£1,950 plus VAT 
CILT & IOM members:  £1,765 plus VAT  (please quote membership number when booking)

​​​Course Dates

​13th - 17th Jan 2020           London         £1950.00+VAT

24th - 28th Feb 2020          London          £1950.00+VAT​​

5th - 9th Oct 2020               London          £1950.00+VAT

30th Nov - 4th Dec 2020    London          £1950.00+VAT

​25th - 29th Jan 2021           London          £1950.00+VAT

​                            (CILT/IOM Members £1765.00 +VAT

                 quote membership no. on booking form)